Candidate for Buffalo School Board arrested

gizelle stokes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Less than two weeks after announcing her candidacy for Buffalo School Board, Gizelle Stokes has been arrested.

NFTA Police pulled the 31-year-old candidate over on Michigan Avenue around 10 a.m. Tuesday after officers say she ran a stop sign at Glenwood Avenue. Stokes was wanted on outstanding harassment and police say they also found a small amount of marijuana in her vehicle.

She was charged with running a stop sign, obstruction of justice, and marijuana possession, as well as the outstanding harassment charge.

On her website, Stokes says she is running for Buffalo School Board to improve student achievement and graduation rates, improve attendance and parent engagement, as well as “implementing positive behavioral and social emotional interventions that address discipline concerns.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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